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New scanner set to improve patient care and access

2 December 2019

A new £80,000 DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scanner has been installed at Westmorland General Hospital.

The scanner has been funded by a donation from the former League of Friends of Westmorland
General Hospital and the Bay Hospitals Charity.

The scanner is a type of X-ray machine that measures bone mineral density. Unlike ordinary X-rays, DEXA scans can measure tiny reductions in bone density helping doctors identify conditions
such as osteoporosis (weak bones) in the early stages, before someone breaks a bone.

More than 3,000 people every year have bone density scans with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), which runs Westmorland General Hospital.

Dr Shahedal Bari, Medical Director, UHMBT, said: “It is really great that we have this new DEXA scanner. It is a really important tool for helping us to diagnose serious conditions such as osteoporosis. The new scanner will benefit thousands of people across Morecambe Bay each year. We also have an ageing population in this area, so in future, there will be an increasing need
for this type of scan here.”

Health professionals, and anyone interested in the DEXA scanner, are invited to come and find out more at the Radiology Department, Westmorland General Hospital, Burton Rd, Kendal LA9 7RG on Tuesday 17 December at 5.30pm where Marwan Bukhari, a consultant in the radiology department, will give a brief talk about the scanner. For free tickets, please go to eventbrite.co.uk.

Ian Johnson, the Chair of UHMBT, said: “The charity was delighted to fund the DEXA scanner at a cost of nearly £80,000. Funding has been made up by using four legacies, one of which was from the former League of Friends of Westmorland General Hospitals. We feel this is such a fitting tribute to those who made a bequest in order to make a difference for future generations
who will use this state of the art piece of equipment. We are so grateful for their lasting gift.”

The new DEXA scanner will replace the Trust’s 15 year old scanner at the Royal LancasterInfirmary.